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Articles from the August 3, 2023 edition


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  • Self-driving cars?

    Updated Aug 4, 2023

    Supervisor Jim Desmond 5th District Recently, I was able to tour Waymo, which is an autonomous driving technology company owned by Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company. Waymo is similar to a self-driving Uber. Though it was a bit eerie getting in a car that didn't have a driver, I was really impressed by the safety and convenience of the process. The way it works is using an app (similar to Uber), you summon a car and enter your destination. Once the car picks you up, you put on your seatbelt and press go on the screen....

  • Bonsall school breakfast and lunch programs

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    BONSALL — For the 2023-2024 school year, the Bonsall Unified School District is participating in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program by offering healthy meals every school day. The California Universal Meals Program, AB 130, requires public school districts serving students in grades K–12 to provide two meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) during each school day to students requesting a meal, regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility. No meal application is required in order t...

  • Kids say the funniest things

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Submitted by their mother Kathy Custer. Mom: "We are going to get hens because they make eggs and you love eating eggs." (In an unimpressed tone)... Jameson, age three: "I want to get the animal that makes ketchup." -- Mom: "Mommy has a doctor's appointment this morning; you're coming too. What toy would you like to bring with you?" Seamus, age two: "Chocolate." -- (Trying to watch cartoons while his mother is cleaning-house)... Jameson, age three: "Mom, can you please turn...

  • Local teens earn pilot certificates

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    FALLBROOK – Samantha Hanlon and Monica Christine Nasry are one step closer to their dream of becoming professional pilots. after many months of ground school, flight training and studying for their check ride, each underwent a two-hour oral exam followed by a 1 1/2 hour flight evaluation Thursday, July 20. At the end of the day, both local teens came away with their private pilot certificates. The teens took their flight lessons at Fallbrook Flight Academy at the Fallbrook A...

  • FRHD and NCFPD announce arrival of new ambulance

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    FALLBROOK - Fallbrook Regional Health District and North County Fire Protection District proudly announce the arrival of the newest Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance that will be stationed at North County Fire Station 1 in Fallbrook. The new ambulance replaces an older ambulance that was destroyed in a Christmas Eve traffic accident. In 2019, the two organizations formed a joint agreement to collaborate on funding all new ambulances at 50% cost-sharing, and this latest...

  • Worker of the week has a goal

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Domenica Sierra takes a customer’s order at the register with a huge smile. She has been at Jack in the Box for about four years and now works as the manager there. Sierra’s goal for her future with the company is to become a position trainer for future team leaders, assistant managers and managers such as herself. Jack in the Box is located at 5256 S. Mission Road, Bonsall. Village News/David Landry photo....

  • Chamber to hold events in August

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce has several upcoming events planned for the month. They are: Monday, Aug. 7 – First Monday Coffee at the Chamber, 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 – SunUpper at the Chamber, hosted by Martin Quiroz at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 – SunDowner at Harry’s, hosted by SD County Gun Owners PAC, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 – Business Breakfast Club at Mariscos El Pacifico (members only) at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 – Dinner Mob at La Cucina, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 – Wine Down Wednesday at Be...

  • North County Fire receives more funding for Station 4

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    FALLBROOK — The North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) has been allocated an additional $500,000 toward the construction of Fire Station 4 in the California Fiscal Year 2023-2024 State Budget. The funding, which was advocated for through California Assemblymember Marie Waldron’s office, will bring total state funding assistance for the Fire Station 4 replacement project to $1 million. The NCFPD has been exceptionally successful with securing grant funding toward facility projects over the last two years. “We are extre...

  • Big and beautiful home arrives by truck

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – A stunningly beautiful, 2,130 square foot home arrived at the headquarters of Pacific Manufactured Homes in San Marcos, July 27… by truck. The home was shipped in three perfectly packaged pieces and has been joined together and completed by their trained technicians and will be available to see in August. The new face of manufactured homes Manufactured homes today are unrecognizable from their utilitarian beginnings dating back to the 1930s when living in vacation...

  • Tips for a thorough home inspection

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Home inspections, while not mandatory, are an important part of the homebuying process. They can help you spot potentially dangerous and expensive issues in a property before you buy it, which may be a valuable negotiating tool. But home inspectors aren’t infallible, and they may miss things sometimes. So, how can you ensure the inspection goes smoothly and potential problems are identified? Here’s how: • Use care when choosing your inspector. To make sure you get an experienced and q...

  • Diane Fenn

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    On Tuesday, July 18, the world lost a courageous and beautiful soul as Diane Fenn peacefully passed away at the age of 73, after a valiant 14-year battle with breast and bone cancer. She was surrounded by her loving husband Dave, and devoted children, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Diane was the epitome of a matriarch, the heart and soul of her family. As a devoted wife, she stood steadfastly by her husband's side, and as a caring mother, she raised...

  • Several county parks to close for August

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Michelle Mowad County of San Diego Communications Office Five San Diego County parks will be closed in August, a safety measure taken each year because of the expected high temperatures. El Capitan Preserve in Lakeside, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center and Mt. Gower County Preserve in Ramona will be closed Aug. 1 through 31. In addition, Agua Caliente and Vallecitos County Parks near Anza Borrego are closed all summer; they reopen Labor Day weekend. The closures also provide Department of Parks and Recreation staff w...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Understanding uninsured deeds

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Aug 2, 2023

    I am often asked about why title insurance is an important item in a transaction; it can be confusing to consumers who are not involved with frequent real estate transactions. The following comprehensive title insurance information is provided courtesy of First American Title Insurance Company, it is a useful read which will likely elicit several “aha” moments; enjoy! What is an uninsured deed? An uninsured deed is a deed that has not been examined by the title company. Mos...

  • Jennifer Jean Lyle, née Burton

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Jennifer Jean Lyle, née Burton, 72 years of age, passed away July 20 at home in her bed, attended to by her husband of 42 years and their two daughters. Born 1951 in Strasburg, Colorado, her family moved to Brawley, California when she was in second grade – the climate difference came as quite a shock to little Jenny. She worked as a respiratory technician and later as a home nurse, careers that aptly matched her kind and generous personality. She hiked, sang, rode horses, ne...

  • Water safety reinforced on World Drowning Prevention Day

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Anita Lightfoot County of San Diego Communications Office Local leaders gathered poolside in Oceanside in observance of World Drowning Prevention Day. The County of San Diego, along with the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego, City of Oceanside and Black Star Water Polo were there to remind everyone that water safety saves lives. Among San Diego County residents, the number of deaths from drowning was 31 in 2021, the most recent year with complete data. Also in 2021, the...

  • County ordinance update aids housing production and affordability

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors has approved a 2023 Housing Zoning Ordinance Update that incorporates 21 state laws to help make housing more affordable and accessible for people experiencing homelessness. The update will also focus on creating housing for people who have lower, moderate and middle-class incomes. The update complements how the county is supporting housing production through: • Innovative neighborhood planning efforts. • Improvements to its approval pro...

  • County accepts $44.3M in one-time Behavioral Health Bridge Housing grant funding

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders San Diego County Communications Office The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved using $44.3 million in state Behavioral Health Bridge Housing Program funds to provide more housing for San Diegans who have serious behavioral health conditions and are experiencing homelessness. The funds will help address the need for board and care beds which are typically home-like settings for five or six adults or older adults who need some specialized care, but not in a hospital or clinical setting. In...

  • Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate America's 250th birthday

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    TEMECULA – America’s 250th birthday will be in 2026, and the Daughters of the American Revolution are preparing to celebrate through its America 250 Committee and local chapters around the nation, including the Luiseño Chapter in Temecula. During the nation’s 247th birthday in 2023, the television and other media showed freedom festivals, military jet fly-overs, Independence Day parades and fireworks spectaculars happening around the country. One commentator said that hundreds of towns began their July Fourth events on Jul...

  • Re: 'Exposing the two faces of Bidenomics' [Maynard letter, Village News, 7/27/23]

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Mr. Maynard has outdone himself this time. His pseudo-analysis of Bidenomics consists entirely of unsupported allegations designed simply to muddy the waters. Here’s a sampling of Bidenomics: what President Biden has actually done for lower and middle income citizens. 1. Signed the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021: this provided direct financial relief to many lower and middle income families. 2. Expanded the Child Tax Credit in 2021 so it reached more low-income families and increased the amount to up to $3,600 per c...

  • Supporting local firefighters

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron 75th District Local fire departments are essential for public safety. By responding rapidly to wildfires and other emergencies, they save countless lives. Ensuring they have the means to perform this critical task has been a big priority for me in Sacramento. Through recent budget cycles, I have obtained almost $14 million for fire agencies in many parts of San Diego County. For example, I acquired funding for the Rincon Fire Department for a new brush fire apparatus and other badly needed...

  • 'Sound Of Freedom' exposes a second injustice Americans are blissfully unaware of

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Editorial Note from Julie Reeder: I was going to write an editorial about Sound of Freedom but couldn’t do any better than Madison McQueen. I would encourage everyone to see “Sound of Freedom” and also “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” Exoduscry.com has been working to end sex trafficking and abuse in the porn industry for a long time, reaching over 4,000 victims, working with 13 governments, introducing new laws and training over 100,000 people to help fight the problem. Madison McQueen Contributor Let this sink in: There are...

  • Donation helps veterans

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    On behalf of K9Guardians.org, the veterans we serve and our service dogs, I would like to extend a big thank you to Legacy Foundation for their generous donation that helps support the work we do in our community. To date, we have placed 34 service dogs with disabled military veterans. Service dogs save lives! Leisa Tilley Grajek...

  • Stevie wonders

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Steven Schindler Special to the Village News Do you remember when the utility companies and retail stores had actual neighborhood customer service offices, counters and on-site departments? And there were human beings there? And you could go up to them with a bill or letter in your hand and show it to them and ask things like, “What does this mean?” Or “Why was I charged for this?” Or “I had canceled this service months ago, so please stop charging me.” And most of the time, the human behind the counter would say things like...

  • FPUD hosts Waterwise Workshop

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    The Waterwise Workshop held Saturday, July 22, at Fallbrook Public Utility District was a great success. Mick Cothran, Roger Boddaert and Mike Madewell were all very well spoken and knowledgeable in their fields. Water conservation, while enjoying the diverse vegetation we are so blessed to have in Fallbrook, is a challenge. Whether you are looking for a fresh start to replant your water thirsty landscapes, have irrigation concerns or want to learn more about plants in general, you have great resources available through...

  • Fallbrook is a food desert – Here is where you can obtain free affordable groceries!

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Did you know that Fallbrook is considered a food desert? Food deserts need more access to supermarkets, grocery stores and other healthy food sources. Many of these are in low-income and minority neighborhoods where food deserts exist, resulting from the absence of a supermarket that offers a wider variety of affordable and healthy foods compared to smaller convenience stores. Unfortunately, the lack of variation in grocery stores, pricing and the excessive availability of poor nutrition constantly encourage unhealthy...

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